endur8 helps endurance athletes manage their nutritional intake during training and competition
Ultramarathon races have been described as ‘eating and drinking contests with some running and scenery thrown in’, by Christopher McDougall, Born To Run, whilst cycling sportives are viewed by many who take part in them as pretty much same but with less impact on the joints!
Such is the need to keep fuelling the body to cope with the rigours of off-road racing that eating as you run or ride is an essential skill in the endurance athlete’s armoury.
With the help of the endur8 nutritional support programme, runners and cyclists are notified via a smartphone app every time they need to take on fuel thanks to a system tailored to the profile of the user, the duration of the endurance event or training session, the type of exercise and the conditions of the course.
Foods that are easy to digest are crucial to fuelling during endurance events like trail runs and long-haul bikes rides, with the emphasis on simple carbohydrates especially. Carbs are not only the body’s preferred fuel source during moderate to intense exercise, but they are key to aiding concentration, injury prevention and recovery. (1)
Sports-specific formulated energy gels are among the most popular – they’re composed with the optimum amount of easily absorbed carbs and so provide an almost instant energy kick once eaten.
But many runners and cyclists prefer to fuel with more natural foodstuffs or else use gels sparingly if they have an especially sensitive stomach. Bananas and trail mix feature in the race diet of many athletes, though excessive amounts of high-fibre snacks like fruits and grains can be difficult to digest during activity and may divert much-needed energy away from the muscles.
Rice cakes and rice balls – a favourite of world-renowned ultramarathon champion Scott Jurek – have become a staple among many pro cyclists too as they’re light and easy to carry but can pack a decent hit of easily digestible, fast-acting carbs, especially if you make your own.
Chocolate bars and energy chews also tick the boxes when it comes to providing an energy boost that doesn’t tax the digestive system too much. These can also serve as a mental lift too – ultra athlete Jez Bragg swears by Yorkie bars as a morale-boosting snack in the latter stages of a mountain marathon.
Feeding stations during competition events can provide runners with larger meals and hot snacks – everything from sweet potato mash and toasted ciabattas to warming soups and even cooling beers at some races. But for those long hours in between, on foot or in the saddle, getting a carbohydrate kick whenever that endur8 app alerts you will require something a little more practical.
Whatever your choice of fuelling, endur8 is designed to help you plan your nutritional intake for the optimum impact during training and competition, allowing you to focus on your performance.